I’m not a huge fan of serving bottled and canned juices to kids because they’re usually packed with sugar and fillers. If your kids love juice — Kenya certainly does — this is a great replacement to what you would buy in the grocery store because it’s like a meal in a glass. But it’s juice. How is this possible, you may ask?
I’m totally aware that just the thought of collard green juice will make most of you nauseous. I get it, most of us don’t even cook collard greens to eat, let alone to drink. The best part of this juice besides the nutritional value from the greens is the gorgeous bright green color of the juice — we may find this an unusual color for a beverage but if your kids are young enough, it’s actually fun for them to have green juice. Collard greens are packed with vitamin C, soluble fiber and contain multiple nutrients with anti-cancer properties. It has also been known to help with bronchitis and blood circulation problems. Collard greens are available year round, but they’re at their best from January to April.
I made the recipe on a total lark and Kenya was instantly addicted. I’m not kidding. Watch the video that goes along with the recipe. He slurps up every sip of his — and mine! — over and over again. Trust me, he’s not a weird kid, it’s really that good!
- 1 1/2 Cups Collard Greens, coarsely chopped
- Juice of a large Lemon
- 2 3 Tbsp Agave, or to taste
- 2 Cups water
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix on high for 1 minute.
- Drink and enjoy.